Top Attractions

Cornwall has no shortage of attractions to keep you interested while visiting, here are some of the most popular ways of enjoying time in the county.

The Eden Project

eden-projectlocation: St Austell, PL24 2SG

Eleven years ago this place was a barren, exhausted china clay pit. Now its massive Biomes (one of which is the biggest greenhouse in the world) and millions of plants bear witness to what can be achieved by a can-do attitude and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Eden is as potent a symbol of hope for the future as you could find anywhere on earth. That's the big stuff…simple pleasures await you here too: imaginative children's play areas, impromptu storytelling, workshops for all ages, a wide choice of delicious food, a shop full of amazing stuff from all over the world – and just sniffing the flowers of course!

www.edenproject.com

Falmouth Maritime Museum

nmmlocation: Falmouth, TR11 3QY

The Falmouth National Martime Museum makes a fun and affordable day out for all of the family, housed on Falmouth harbour-side the museum has something for everyone from seafaring enthusiasts to families. There are a large selection of exhibits covering a range of nautical subjects including 'The Curiousity Shop' showing all things weird and wonderful, and 'The Survival Zone' telling amazing stories of survival. There are also fun and educational workshops for kids with lots of opportunities for kids to interact as well as nautical themed play areas.

www.nmmc.co.uk

St Michael's Mount

st-michaels-mountlocation: Marazion, TR17 0EF 

Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home. Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit.

www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk

National Seal Sanctuary

things-to-do-seal-sanctuarylocation: Gweek, TR12 6UG

The Sanctuary started in the winter of 1958 when a baby seal, only a few hours old, was washed up on the beach at St Agnes. Ken Jones lived with his wife just one hundred yards from the beach, he picked up the pup and took it back to his small garden. For many years he ran a rescue centre for seals and oiled birds. News of his work spread, and he received more and more calls about injured seals. Today the Sanctuary has nursery pools, convalescence, and resident pools, and a specially designed hospital. The hospital over the years has been extended to include isolation pools, as well as treatment and preparation areas.

www.sealsanctuary.co.uk

Lost Gardens of Heligan

lost_gardens_heligan1_originallocation: Nr St Ewe, PL26 6EN

Heligan was recently dubbed 'The Nation's Favourite Garden' by BBC Gardeners' World viewers after the award-winning restoration of its productive gardens, but this is just one of many features that make this a fantastic year-round destination.

The 22-acre 'jungle' was created as a horticultural playground to indulge the passion for sub-tropical plants that swept the country over a hundred years ago. Now some of the most lush vegetation in the country can be found in this steep-sided valley garden, including the largest collection of tree ferns in Europe, thickets of bamboo and a banana plantation.

www.heligan.com

The Minack Theatre

things_to_do_minacklocation: Porthcurno, TR19 6JU

The Minack Open Air Theatre in one of the most beautiful settings one can find anywhere in the World. Perched high on the Cliffs , with the stunning blue sea of the Atlantic Ocean, and the wonderful coastal vista of Porthcurno Bay with Logan Rock as a backdrop. Many visitors arrive at the Minack imagining it was built by invading Romans, but the real truth is even more remarkable. From 1931 until she died in 1983 the Minack Theatre was planned, built and financed by one determined woman. This is a ‘must visit’ for everyone!

www.minack.com

Tate St Ives

15tatestives-250x182location: St Ives, TR26 1TG

Tate St Ives presents modern and contemporary art, often created in or associated with Cornwall. Its location in St Ives, with dramatic views across the town and harbour to the east and Porthmeor Beach to the north, provides a unique opportunity to view work in the surroundings in which, in many cases, it was actually created. Tate St Ives opened in 1993 and occupies a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and to the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited. It is designed to show works of art in the surroundings and atmosphere in which they were created.

www.tate.org.uk

Trebah

gardens-trebahlocation: Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JZ

Trebah is our favourite! Steeply wooded, sub-tropical 25 acre ravine garden, falls 200 feet from 18th Century house to private beach on the Helford River. A stream cascading over waterfalls through ponds full of Koi Carp and exotic water plants, winds through two acres of hydrangeas and spills out over the beach. Glades of huge sub-tropical tree ferns and palms mingle with a multitude of trees and shrubs of ever-changing colours and scent, beneath an over-arching canopy of 100 year old rhododendrons.

www.trebah.co.uk

River Fal Boat Trips

River Fal Boatslocation: Flushing, TR11 5TY No visit to cornwall is complete without a trip on the water. Enjoy a different perspective of Falmouth Docks, Pendennis and St. Mawes Castles as you view them from the sea. Take in the beautiful views of some of the local waterside locations such as Flushing, Restronguet, St.Just and Malpas. Get a glimpse of the many tranquil little creeks that join The Fal as well as the grandeur of Trelissick House, Tregothnan Mansion and the The King Harry Ferry along the quieter stretches of the river. An unexpected sight is often the laid up shipping! www.enterprise-boats.co.uk

Flambards

big ride zonesmllocation: Helston, TR13 0QA

Flambards has so many stunning attractions undercover. To start with, there's the Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz, and the Memory Lane Experience. Then there's the Really Wild Show, Gus Honeybun's Burrow, the hands-on Science Centre, the Children's Cool Zone and the Tots' Play Zone. Then there's the great outdoors. Acres of it. Family rides from gentle to the daring. Eat, drink, shop, or just relax and picnic in the award-winning gardens. Whatever you fancy doing, whatever the weather the Flambards Experience is simply....The Best Day of the Week.

www.flambards.co.uk

Pendennis Castle

pendennis-castlelocation: Falmouth, TR11 4LP Pendennis Castle has defended the anchorage of the Carrick Roads for over 450 years. Today you re-visit the castle's history from Tudor times to the re-fortification in both world wars. Along with a museum and discovery centre are displays of coastal defence armament and access to the former secret installations. The castle has a Discovery Centre, which allows visitors to explore the fascinating history of the castle, complete with interactive displays and activities, including an exhibit on Tudor battles. www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis-castle

The Camel Trail

Camel Traillocation: Wadebridge, PL27 7AL The Camel Trail winds through some of Cornwall's most beautiful and little-known countryside. Cornwall County Council converted 11 miles of disused railway beside the River Camel from track bed to trail, linking the towns of Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. An extension follows the river towards Camelford. It isn't a road, it isn't a path, and vehicles are banned. Being an old railway track, the Trail is virtually level all the way. Although not a tarmac surface. it is mainly smooth, ideal for cyclists, wheelchair users, pram and buggy pushers and people who have difficulty in walking on uneven surfaces. The Trail provides safe and easy access to unspoilt countryside for those people unable to use woodland and coastal paths. www.bikesmart.eu

Dairyland Farmworld

DairyLand farmlocation: Nr Newquay, TR8 5AA Kids can really go to town here...or to be more precise they can go to the country here with masses of rides, play equipment and entertainment that will keep them happy for hours! There are unique mini JCB's, Cable rides, Junior Rally-Karts. Pony and Hay rides, an assault course and all the animals. Meet a whole host of cuddly creatures including Piglets, Kittens, Kids and Lambs, Rabbits, Donkeys, Chinchillas and Chipmunks, Hens, Ducks, Pet Rats and Meerkats! www.dairylandfarmworld.com

St Mawes Castle

Exif_JPEG_PICTURElocation: St Mawes, TR2 5DE

The dramatic Cornish coastline around St Mawes was used as the setting for the popular television series Poldark. The impressive St Mawes Castle, built between 1539 and 1545 just adds to the drama of this evocative landscape. From the castle at St Mawes there are fine views across the estuary towards Falmouth and Pendennis Castle, and of the pretty fishing village of St Mawes itself with its little boat-filled harbour, the passenger ferry tracking across the Fal, and the splendid coastline. St Mawes is also the start of some delightful walks along the coastal path.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/st-mawes-castle